Laurel finds opening for Double Booked


Double Booked, who in four races this year has developed into one of the top turf horses, will headline the featured $75,000 Fort McHenry Handicap in today's opening of the summer season at Laurel Race Course.

The 12-race holiday program begins a 37-day meeting, which will feature the second running of the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash on July 20.

After not racing since November, Double Booked returned to action May 4 and won the Grade III Riggs Handicap in 1 minute, 33 seconds, a Pimlico Race Course record on the turf.

Later in May, the 6-year-old gelding won the Early Times Dixie Handicap and set a Pimlico record for 1 1/8 miles. Since then, Double Booked set the Monmouth Park record for the mile in winning the Red Bank Handicap, and the Rockingham Park record for 1 1/8 miles in winning the New Hampshire Sweepstakes.

Double Booked will be ridden today by Pat Day.

After today's eighth race, bettors at Laurel will see the simulcast of the $500,000 Suburban Handicap from Belmont Park.

Saturday's feature race will be the $175,000 Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/2 -mile race for 3-year-olds and up. Laurel will race five days a week during the summer session, with Mondays and Wednesdays off.

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